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I effin’ jeffin’ rootin’ tootin’ love Christmas. ‘Tis the season of good tidings and ’tis the jewel in the crown of winter. It’s the holiday which pretty much makes the cold, dark nights (and days) bearable because people have a lovely pep in their step which you usually only see in spring.
This is the time of year where I eat my body weight in chocolate, wear my Christmas themed everything, watch Christmas themed everything and drink way too many Bailey’s and Snowballs.
It’s also the time of year where I don’t deviate from my reading habits at all.
I know. But…if I want to read a winter-esque book in summer than I will (I’ve said before, I don’t particularly enjoy summer) and if I want to read something not at all winter or Christmas themed at this time of year then I’ll do that too.
That being said I’m trying to follow tradition and read ghost stories on Christmas Eve (it is a tradition I swear) and there are always the go-to Christmas books that I can’t help but crack out.
In no particular order here are a small selection!
I honestly couldn’t have a list featuring Christmas themed fiction that doesn’t contain A Christmas Carol as (to my mind anyway) it is the definitive Christmas piece. I thoroughly recommend A Muppet’s Christmas Carol as the best movie adaptation by the way.
The Gift of the Magi is a beautiful short story which makes my eyes go all teary. It’s about a couple buying presents for each other at Christmas. If you’re thinking, “Is that it?!” my reassurance to you is, “No, no it’s not.” It’s a short and heartwarming story about the best gift of all.
“Oh Gerry, why?!” I hear you cry. “It’s Christmas! Why would you include a tragic fairy-tale?”
The answer is that I am a horrible, mean Grinch. Mwah ha ha ha.
Well… not really. I just happen to like my fairytales and this is strangely a very Christmassy one. But yes, The Little Match Girl is tragic.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is not just my favourite children’s Christmas book of all time but my favourite Christmas book of all time. This is down to the fact that my parents read it to me as a child every Christmas Eve and even now I still get the book out on Christmas Eve because there is nothing in writing that says I have to actually grow up.
Look I know that Little Women isn’t technically a Christmas themed book (which is why I called it the ‘non Christmas one’) but it does have Christmas in it and the festivities feature predominantly.
The March sisters and Marmee live the Christmas ethos very similarly to that in The Gift of the Magi where the importance of Christmas isn’t about presents but spending it with the ones you love.
I have yet to re-start my blog hopping ways but am hoping that I can get back on the saddle (so to speak) soon so watch this space!
I hope you enjoyed my Christmas selections! There were a ton more that didn’t make it because I truly love Christmas themed things and books are not the exception to that rule.
Let me know what you think of the above and what your favourite Christmas books are!